His legacy, among many unsavory Presidential trademarks, will be unemployment. In fact, unemployment will embody Barack’s 8-year POTUS tenure. In 10, 20, 60, even 100 (if this country is still in its present form) years, he will be known as the Unemployment President.
In fact, it’s a chant I’d like to begin now.
In the wake of his Oval occupation, the one overriding and destructive mark on American culture he leaves will be the rampant and chronic unemployment that will be birthed of the paradigm change that is occurring across all industry and technology. We are scaling a grand evolution in the structure of our civilization and millions of jobs are not simply going to be lost, but eliminated. In order for society to recover, we will need to discover a “third way” but I have no hope in mankind. Man prefers to scrape by on the toxic fumes of old, familiar paradigms, insisting stubbornly on obeying the old rules, when in fact, the game has changed, and thus, the old rules must be thrown out for people to survive en masse.
Ohhh-bama, the Unemployment President.
To be fair, I think much of this sea-change in modern culture is beyond his reach. He’s an innocent bystander of his era, but still, his shenanigans and harebrained attempts to institute his corporate, elitist visions only seem to hasten this cultural evolution. It’s as if he senses that change is in the air, but rather than valiantly slowing it, diverting it, for the sake of this generation’s short-term future, he instead relishes throwing gasoline on the flames of cultural evolution that envision a world in which machines and technology (and by the way, robotics will accelerate in the next decade, just in case you thought computers were too harsh…) and his actions and Cabinet’s temperament turn their figurative backs impersonally on the plight of many who cannot find work today, or who face an unsteady occupational future.
From the BBC, there’s a story that reports on the Congress Budget Office’s findings that Obama’s pet Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will result in the reduction of an equivalent of over 2 million jobs in the next decade due to indirect effects the law will inflict upon the American business model and the impetus and ability of people to work.
The congressional analysts say there will be fewer workers because healthcare subsidies would “reduce incentives to work” and pose an “implicit tax on working” for those returning to a job with health insurance.
The CBO said some US businesses may also decide to reduce their workforce to fewer than 50 full-time employees to avoid having to provide health insurance as mandated under the law.
The report also found US workers nearing retirement may opt to work shorter hours to retain healthcare subsidies until they qualify for Medicare, a federal health programme for the elderly.
Employees may also face lower wages due to tax levees and penalties against their employers, the report found.
The CBO findings provided fodder for conservatives, who are expected to make the health law a major issue in November’s midterm elections.
“The middle class is getting squeezed in this economy, and this CBO report confirms that Obamacare is making it worse,” Republican House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said in a statement.
As if this inauspicious foretelling of Obama’s horrid legacy is not sordid enough, we also must be subjected to further nails in our national coffin courtesy of his press secretary, Jay Carney, who reassures us that the CBO is looking at it the wrong way. It’s not that jobs will be reduced, but that Obamacare will allow us the free will to choose not to work and be stay-at-home parents! Ah, the derangement of our politicians.
The law will leave people “empowered to make choices about their own lives and livelihoods”, said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. He added that the law would allow participants the freedom to retire early or become stay-at-home parents.
When our Federal government starts flouting logic in the face of wishy-washy, pajama boy politics and spouting nonsense like this, my sense of being discarded in the rubbish heap of American elitist afterthoughts is piercing. “They” have absolutely no idea what it’s like to be an average American. It’s called being “out of touch” to an astronomical degree. There are truly 2 worlds in this country separated by vast, socioeconomic shores which is further symbolic of the loss of a American middle class.
If Obama and his staff continue to use terms like “empowered” in respect to the Americans who are daily being eviscerated by our top-heavy economy, I would hope we have it in our hearts to finally mount a real revolution.
The time is ripe.